Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
In June 2014 I bought a property as a retirement investment in Cornwall. It is in a lovely spot just 8-10 minutes walk from the coast. My tenants signed a contract in December 2014 and eventually moved in after the New Year of 2015.
I now have to sell the property due to unexpected circumstances. I have told the tenants my situation and they have emailed to say they want compensation as they say they have spent thousands making it their home including carrying out improvements to the garden.
They also claim they have made the property considerably more valuable than when they originally moved in. The property had just had a complete facelift with a really nice new open-plan kitchen diner and new bathroom, redecorated throughout, new carpets etc, Apart from adding their own soft furnishings there wasn’t anything else left to do – as the inventory records will show.
At no time did they ask permission to make any improvements. Despite spending hundreds of pounds getting the garden cleared and tidied prior to them moving in they then stripped out lots more in the Spring and asked if I would contribute towards the cost of garden waste disposal. I gave them £100 which was more than half the bill. They decided to lift the shingle to the front of the house and replace the weed matting. Again, this was done without discussion or asking for any contribution towards labour. They now want compensation.
They also say I gave them a verbal agreement of a minimum of 10 years at the property and that apparently my 79 yr old mother said to them they could stay for 15 years (!) both of which is untrue. I had plans to retire there within 7-8 years.
Any suggestions on how I should handle this? My agent is issuing them the Section 21 and I am a member of NLA.
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